Some of the most well known statues and monuments in London commemorating the best known past members of the British Monarchy.
When visiting the capital it is almost a rite of passage to go and find some of these royal statues, although it is pretty easy to do so as there are many which can be found almost anywhere you go!
Here we have five of the best royal statues that you must see during your time in London.
Queen Victoria Memorial
When visiting London for a break, the chances are that at some point you will want to head over to Buckingham Palace, after all it is where the Queen lives! While we can’t promise that you will get to see the head of the British Monarchy, we can guarantee that you will be able to spot the breathtaking Queen Victoria Memorial.
Situated outside the Palace, the memorial is also referred to as ‘the wedding cake’ because of its tiered shape and features Queen Victoria sitting on her throne. Made from 2,300 tonnes of white marble, it stands at 25-metres high, making it impossible to miss.
Prince Albert Memorial
It seems fitting to next suggest a visit to pay homage to Queen Victoria’s beloved husband, Prince Albert, whose breathtaking memorial is situated in front of the Royal Albert Hall in Kensington Gardens.
It was designed by George Gilbert Scott and stands at 53-metres high, celebrating Prince Alberts interests as well as the various Victorian achievements, including engineering, manufacturing and commerce. At the base of the memorial, a frieze highlights Prince Albert’s love for the arts, which makes its location across from the Royal Albert Hall even more poignant.
King Charles I Statue
When visiting Trafalgar Square, you will be treated to a number of breathtaking monuments, including one of King Charles I riding a horse. It is the oldest statue in Trafalgar Square having been produced almost 400 years ago in 1638 by Hubert Le Sueur.
This particular statue has a very interesting history as it was actually hidden throughout the Civil War and was then re-erected on the exact spot of the original Queen Eleanor's Cross. Nowadays, it is the spot from which mileage across London is measured.
King George VI
Located on the north side of The Mall between Marlborough Road and Admiralty Arch is a memorial to King George VI. It depicts the King dressed in a naval uniform and was created by William McMillan in 1955.
The bronze statue stands upon a plinth of Portland stone and is situated on a step behind another bronze monument of Queen Elizabeth I.
King George IV
We take you back to Trafalgar Square where a very big statue of King George IV riding bareback on a horse can be found on one of the Square’s four plinths. However, the statue wasn’t actually meant to be erected in this area of London, it was supposed to go on top of an arch in front of Buckingham Palace. Following his death, however, it was placed on the plinth and while it was meant to be temporary, it has remained there since.